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Sim-I-Space: An Agent-Based Modelling Approach to Knowledge Management Processes

  • Max Boisot
  • Ian MacMillan
  • Kyeong Seok Han
  • Casey Tan
  • Si Hyung Eun
Part of the International Handbooks on Information Systems book series (INFOSYS)

Abstract

In the chapter we offer a verbal description of Sim-I-Space, an agentbased model that operationalises key features of a conceptual framework: the Information-Space (I-Space). The I-Space relates the speed and extent of information flows between agents to how far their messages have been structured through acts of codification and abstraction. The more structured a message, the faster and more extensively it diffuses to other agents—intentionally or not.

Following a brief introduction, the paper divides into two sections. Section 2 describes the models architecture, the agents, the nature of the knowledge assets that they create, articulate, and trade in, and the types of the interactions—trading, licensing, joint-venturing, merging and acquiring—that agents can engage in. Section 3 presents the main components of Sim-I-Space, namely, agent characteristics, agent knowledge, and agent interaction. Two appendices—A and B—describe the model variables and provide a more detailed model specification.

Keywords

Agent Interaction Knowledge Asset Linkage Probability Presentation Cost Inspection Cost 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Max Boisot
    • 1
  • Ian MacMillan
    • 2
  • Kyeong Seok Han
    • 3
  • Casey Tan
    • 4
  • Si Hyung Eun
    • 5
  1. 1.Universitat Oberta de CatalunyaBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.The Sol Snider Entrepreneurial Research Center, The Wharton SchoolUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  3. 3.Soongsil UniversitySeoulKorea
  4. 4.Singapore AirlinesSingapore
  5. 5.The Sol Snider Entrepreneurial Research Center, The Wharton SchoolUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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